MCN AWARDS - The MCN Awards, held in the race paddock last night, were a massive success with more than 500 people attending the star-studded night hosted by Suzi Perry and MCN Editor Marc Potter. James Toseland was close to tears as he came on stage to collect the MCN Man of the Year Award - an award voted for by MCN readers. Randy Mamola was also choked-up as he collected the Services to Motorcycling Award. But the real highlight of the evening had to be the Triumph Rocket III entering the stage to a backdrop of flames and fireworks as it scooped the overall Machine of the Year trophy. "It was a brilliant night," said Potter.

THE FORCE IS WITH CHARLEY - Appearing at the BMW stand and on the Paddock stage without his illustrious travelling companion Ewan McGregor, actor Charley Boorman proved a huge hit at the show today. The actor who spent three months travelling 20,000 miles around on BMW bikes with McGregor was signing copies of the pair's book and caused a 250-man queue on the company's stand.

AND THE WINNERS SAID - Comments from the winners of the stand awards announced yesterday by Trevor Foley from the Association of Exhibitor Organisations:-

Honda's Helen Turner (best manufacturer): "We're absolutely delighted to be hand-picked for this award. It caps off another great year for Honda."

Carole Nash's Warren Dixon (best trade stand): "We're all thrilled to bits. There are some really strong stands this year and to be picked out is fantastic. It's always nice to be rewarded for our hard work."

Bikers World (best retail stand) was celebrating a double win having scooped the MCN Award for specialist clothing and accessory dealer last night. Warren Harding commented: "We were at the seminar organised by the MCI and Trevor Foley said 'Don't be afraid to be bold and different' which was like showing a red rag to a bull! We went for a novel idea that wouldn't offend. The Halloween theme came out of a magazine I happened to be looking at! We set ourselves the target of winning and it's good to achieve it and get the 10% off next year! The awards initiative seems to have worked as there are loads of great looking retails stands."

Killer Covers' Lee Pendleton (best shell scheme): "We would like to thank all the stunning stars and friends involved in the launch at the International Motorcycle & Scooter Show. We're absolutely thrilled to win the shell scheme event and very excited about the next nine days. Thanks to Michelle and Finlay for all your support. Roll on next year."

PADDOCK RACES AHEAD - Steve Parrish is reporting a roaring trade at his MCN Race Paddock stage which is featuring a near-constant stream of fashion shows and features. Today he hosted Suzi Perry, Karl Muggeridge, James Toseland, Chris Vermeulen, Leon Haslam, Troy Corser and Gary Mason. Corser entered the "wheel change challenge" and recorded the winning time!
A question of bikes at 1.30 on Saturday will feature: Corser, Haslam, John Reynolds, Scott Smart, Karl Harris and Niall Mackenzie.
On Sunday Troy Bayliss will be the star attraction with Haslam, Harris, Mackenzie, Jonny Rea and Eugene Leverty joining the fun.

Trade Figures - The show attracted 7847 visitors today. Whilst this represents a drop of 29% on last year's Figure, MCIE's managing director Finlay McAllan is not about to start panicking "Visually it's the best looking show the exhibitor's have ever put on. We are only two days into the show and can draw conclusion on day eleven".